‘Life changing’ – or Just Marketing?

Google Calendar Says Play The Piano

Except I don’t do what Google Calendar says, because I’m not a robot. I wish I were a robot. I mean, making habits seems easy when you think about it.

You do something.

You repeat it.

Ad nauseum.

Except it’s really not that easy at all.

I mean, if you don’t do something, like exercise or piano practice, that you know you’re meant to do, it implies that you don’t want to do it, yes? Except…you do really want to do it. You just wish you’d already done it, or you’d already reached the shining end goal in your mind (ripped abs, for example).

What is it, though, that makes people not do things that they know they’ll

  1. Enjoy doing once they start
  2. Be glad they’ve done it
  3. Find rewarding


Why don’t people stick to their good intentions?

Is it laziness? Are humans really that lazy? What is it that separates people with drive from people without? Self belief? A clearer image of the goal? Or is it having no goal at all?

I’m really not sure.

Leo over in Zenhabits says that it could be that the habit’s too hard or that it’s a really big undertaking (i.e. run 5 miles a day when you’ve never run ever in your life). Dave Navarro says that it’s because you say you want it, but really you want something else (i.e. lying in bed eating cookies and watching horror films).

I Googled ‘how to make something a habit’ and a plethora of links came up. It seems to be quite a thing.

Here’s a few of the links:

18 Tricks to Make New Habits Stick

Sticking to a Habit: The Definitive Guide

Can You Build a Fitness Habit in 21 Days?

Habits Are Everything

Hacking Habits: How To Make New Behaviors Last For Good

The Power of Habit (book)

The 8 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers

The 3 R’s of Habit Change: How To Start New Habits That Actually Stick

What do you think? Hes anyone in the WORLD ever actually stuck to their guns and acquired a new habit, or is it all just marketing?


2 thoughts on “‘Life changing’ – or Just Marketing?

  1. I’ve taught myself new habits fairly often. It’s appallingly difficult, though, because most of the time we don’t want the actual activity we’re trying to habituate. For piano playing, you don’t actually want to play the same scales and pieces over and over again; you want to sit down, play a few pieces easily and well, and be applauded for it. Likewise for exercise of any kind that’s not actual combat for me – I want the end result of having the strength, stamina and skill to fight well; the process of acquiring those itself is dull.

    There are plenty of tricks to it, but mostly what works for me is envisioning explaining to someone else I respect why I haven’t actually made progress.


    1. Yeah I do hate the, ‘you said you’d do that last year…’ thing.

      It makes me think of killing boars in WoW. It’s ridiculous and boring but millions of people just power their way through it. Maybe real life should have lvling up.


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